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Nuclear new build in 'meltdown', say experts

24 Mar 17

Doubts grow over delays, funding shortfalls and ability of nuclear industry to complete planned projects

Middle East

Nakheel rebounds with £1bn profit

24 Mar 17

Middle East developer on a roll after being hit hard in the global financial crisis


Mace bags role on £1.3bn prisons programme

22 Mar 17

News comes as justice secretary confirms sites for four new prisons

Port of Dover, Western Docks

VolkerWessels sails to top of contractor chart with port job

23 Mar 17

Dover Harbour Board contract worth £400m sees firm with nearly double contract haul of nearest rival Skanska


Market review

Market review: Earning more for less

23 Mar 17

The total value of construction contracts increased in February but the number of projects went down. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic & Construction Market Review


Touch pad

Infrastructure: Digital Railway

21 Mar 17

A look at the challenges the Digital Railway programme faces, and how they can be overcome by good management, supply chain collaboration and a strong investment case

More data


Carrowbreck Meadow

Carrowbreck Meadow: Passivhaus rules

22 Mar 17

A settlement of 14 Passivhaus homes, designed by Hamson Barron Smith, has been built in a Norfolk woodland. Ike Ijeh explains why observing this small project could provide the key to a scheme of nationwide significance



Hansom: Beside the sea

24 Mar 17

As usual, Mipim was a rich hunting ground for me to get the lowdown on the latest property news and catch up with old industry pals. This year, delegates enjoyed an unusual piece of artwork …

Project news

The Post Building 21-31 New Oxford Street

Laing O'Rourke confirmed for New Oxford Street job

24 Mar 17

Contractor is redeveloping the former Royal Mail Sorting Office

21 Moorfields

Land Secs pre-let discussions could spark redesign of Moorgate scheme

24 Mar 17

The developer has confirmed that it is talks with Deutsche Bank over the firm pre-letting the space

Welsh hospital thumb

Gleeds and O'Rourke ink £350m Welsh hospital deal

23 Mar 17

Work is expected to start on the 55,000 m2 project this August

Everton - Goodison

Everton agree land deal for waterfront stadium

23 Mar 17

Premier League club has bought a site from Peel Holdings

Ponteland school and leisure centre scheme

Willmott Dixon bags £46m school and leisure centre job

23 Mar 17

The firm has been named as the preferred bidder for the project north of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Wandsworth homes

Redrow wins 1,000-home London estate overhaul

22 Mar 17

Housebuilder has been picked to transform the Alton estate in Roehampton

Sketch of the week

Sketch for online

Sketch of the week: Homes at Dunstall Farm

24 Mar 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Niamh Hession, associate at Pad Design

Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist by Michael Rakowitz. THE END, by Heather Phillipson.

Image of the week: Get a dollop of that

24 Mar 17

Two winners of the next commissions for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square announced on Tuesday


Sarah Richardson

Nuclear chill

24 Mar 17

Concrete is about to be poured at Hinkley, but future nuclear projects are beset with problems



Is nuclear in meltdown?

24 Mar 17

Work on Hinkley C’s construction may be about to start but hopes for a whole new fleet of power stations are at risk after a ‘crisis’ in market confidence triggered by EDF’s Hinkley delivery problems


Noble Francis

CPA/Barbour ABI Index: Variations from sector to sector

23 Mar 17 | By Noble Francis

February’s index is up, following on from a rise in January, but sector performance varies

Rebecca Larkin

Construction's long-term outlook

23 Mar 17 | By Michael Dall

Lower real incomes are a key risk for the years ahead and have clear implications for construction


Training to a T

22 Mar 17 | By Mark Farmer

More of the same training means more bad press, poor productivity and an industry struggling to find people willing to fill its job vacancies. The newly-announced T-level may give us the chance to change all that

Online poll


Online poll: Nuclear power

22 Mar 17

Should the government invest in the construction of the next generation of nuclear power plants? Vote here



What to specify: Flooring

21 Mar 17

This week, new flooring solutions include a vinyl range targeting the education market, Forbury Place’s choice of access flooring in Reading and an aluminium decking system at Manchester’s XYZ building

From the archive

Archive image: How to make friends and influence parliament

This week in 2002

24 Mar 17

Building wrote that the construction industry had finally worked out how to get its voice heard by government 15 years ago



Debts in paradise

23 Mar 17 | By Robert Akenhead

A Caribbean case - marked by carelessness and potential illegality - highlights how horribly wrong a construction project can go. It also shows the specialist expertise of the TCC

Akin Akinbode

By implication

23 Mar 17 | By Akin Akinbode

If contracting parties fail to agree a key term, making the contract unenforceable, can the courts imply a term to make their incomplete bargain into a binding contract?

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